Number of retail jobs down a little in March, but still up over one year ago

Amid fluctuations in weather and spring holidays, retail industry employment fell by 6,400 jobs seasonally adjusted in March but showed an increase of 30,800 unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said. The numbers exclude automobile... more »

Americans expected to spend more than $18 billion for Easter

Easter spending is expected to total $18.2 billion this year, almost on par from a record $18.4 billion in 2017 but still the second-highest level on record, according to the annual survey released today by... more »

Retailers urge Trump to reconsider tariff proposal, say it would wipe out tax reform benefits

Some of the largest brands in retail have sent a letter to President Trump outlining their concerns about the detrimental impact broadly applied tariffs could have on American families. The National Retail Federation, Retail Industry Leaders Association, American... more »

Online, traditional retail becoming more intertwined as brick-and-mortars continue to adapt

Traditional and online retailing are increasingly intertwined as customers seamlessly shop across touchpoints and the industry uses both platforms to better serve them, according to the annual State of Retailing Online study released by the National Retail... more »

February retail numbers up slightly over January

February 2018 retail sales increased 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted over January and 4.4 percent year-over-year as the economy continued to grow, the National Retail Federation said. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants. “Consumers... more »

NRF urging government to close loopholes in data-breach security standards

The National Retail Federation has told the House Financial Services Committee that draft data breach notification legislation needs additional work to ensure that appropriate data security standards are set and that no industries that handle... more »

Retail employment grows by 46,000 jobs during February

Retail industry employment increased by 46,400 jobs in February over January, the National Retail Federation announced March 9. The number excludes automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. Overall, the economy added 313,000 jobs, the Labor... more »

Most Americans not planning to use tax refund to splurge

More Americans than ever plan to hold on to their tax refunds this year rather than spending the money they get from the IRS, according to the annual tax refund survey released by the National Retail Federation... more »
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